Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


1. Student can plan ground surveys and interpret the results of investigations and based on this choose an appropriate founda-tion method for different ground conditions and can calculate its bearing capacity.
2. Student can calculate stability of excavations and embankments and select suitable ground improvement method.
3. Student identifies the most common ground improvements methods and relevant earth construction techniques.
4. Student can select correct drainage and frost protection method for buildings and sites.
5. Student learns to use the geotechnical calculation tools and to solve stability and settlement problems.
6. Student learns critical thinking and problem solving.
7. Students learns to do design using modern and traditional meth-ods and report the results.
8. Student identities as an expert and developer of the field
9. Understand the problems of the field from the point of view of users and technical and social systems, as well as from that of the environment

Credits: 5

Schedule: 26.10.2020 - 13.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Leena-Katariina Korkiala-Tanttu

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Henry Gustavsson, Leena-Katariina Korkiala-Tanttu

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Ground investigations. Foundation methods. Bearing capacity of soils and structures loaded by earth pressure. Earth construction methods. Dewatering buildings and construction site. Pipelines and their foundation methods. Frost protection. Ground improvement methods. Secondary materials.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, compulsory exercises. Examination and exercises.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Total 132h (5cr):

    Lectures 26h

    Exercises 14h

    Homeworks 50h

    Independent study 46h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Handouts. Additional literature is given in lectures

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Rak-50.3133 Foundation engineering and ground improvment methods

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    GEO-E1020 Geotechnics

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption



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